A PENSIONER wrestled with a bird of prey as it attacked her pet dog in her home.
Deighton woman Margaret McKever, 74, saved her dog Riso from a terrifying attack by an unidentified hawk.
The 10-minute long incident happened at about 10am last Friday after she let the Chihuahua out into the back garden of her Cherry Nook Road home.
Mrs McKever says the large bird swooped down on the nine-year-old dog and pinned him down on the patio.
After wrenching the large bird off the tiny dog she was then horrified after it pursued her terrified pet through her kitchen and into her front room.
Riso sustained a number of peck injuries to his head and Mrs McKever says she thinks the ruthless bird must belong to someone as it was wearing a collar with a bell on it.
She said: “I saw this thing swoop down on to the patio.
“It dragged him to the steps and it had him pinned down.
“It had a big wing span, maybe three feet.
“I grabbed it by its wings but each time I got it off it got him back
“I got Riso in the house but then it went in after him.
“I was screaming because I was terrified.
“I thought it was going to take him away.
“It pecked him in the head. I’ve never heard a dog squeal so much.
“I just said ‘you’re damn not going to kill him’ and I was just dragging it.
“But I couldn’t lift it off because it was heavy.
“It pinned him down three times. I thought I was never going to get it off him.”
Mrs McKever eventually did scare the bird off and it returned to her garden and sat on her fence.
“If I hadn’t reacted so quickly he would have been a goner,” she said.
“Considering I’ve got arthritis I don’t know how I managed to move so quickly.” The large black bird had a yellow beak and colouring under its chin.
Mrs McKever said she had reported the incident to the police but had been told to call the RSPB or RSPCA. She has not been able to get in touch with anyone at either organisation so far.
The Examiner contacted West Yorkshire Police and a spokesman said their Wildlife Crime Officer was now investigating.
Mrs McKever is now warning other pet owners in the area to be alert to attacks.
And she said she thought it might be the reason why a number of local cats – including her own cat Sherah – had been missing since October.
“I’m sure that bird’s got my cat,” she added.